Few remember that scandalous headlines swirled around Chaplin later in his career. In 1952, long after his reign over the silent era, the British comedian was scorned by U.S. Attorney General James P. McGranery, who believed Chaplin was anti-American. Because of this, McGranery banned Chaplin from re-entering the country following the European press tour for his last film, Limelight.

Chaplin eventually surrendered his permit for re-entry and refused to step foot back in the country until he received his honorary Academy Award in 1972. hollywood cinema, movies, entertainment, amazing, celebrity gossip, pop culture

2. Fatty Arbuckle’s Deadly Debauchery

Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was one of the first mega-stars of the silent film era thanks to his incredible physical-comedy abilities, earning salary and praise on par with Chaplin.

All of that came crashing down after hosting a party in his San Francisco hotel room one evening. After copious amounts of alcohol during that party, a young aspiring actress named Virginia Rappe fell seriously ill and ultimately lost her life.

A friend of Rappe’s who joined her that evening but was not present in the room when she fell ill, accused Arbuckle of assaulting the young woman and causing her internal injuries. After three separate manslaughter trials and a few weeks spent in jail, Arbuckle was fully acquitted of all charges due to lack of evidence and the accuser’s own criminal past.

Despite his exoneration, Arbuckle’s career never recovered… Show More

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